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This week we feature one of those historically great voices of the Palestinian people, Columbia University professor Edward Said, who passed away in 2003. He is recognized as one of the most prominent intellectuals of our time, and his interviews and writings are timeless. That is why we often return to Edward Said on this program. His voice needs to be heard today as much as when he was alive. He continues to teach. This morning you will hear Edward Said interviewed on Dutch television by...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Edward Said, 2003, Columbia University, Palestinian intellectual, gifted...
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Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill engages Columbia University Historian Rashid Khalidi in a 55-minute discussion of the concepts and claims in Khalidi's pathbreaking book, The Hundred Years War on Palestine. For a longer, extremely thorough talk by Khalidi alone, watch the video at https://youtu.be/yp1hxZMocS4. Explaining the book's title, the Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917, 100 years before Khalidi intended to finish this book. (It's still a hundred if you round to the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Rashid Khalidi, Marc Lamont Hill, Hundred Years War, Palestine, Balfour,...
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This week we continue our examination of the Israeli Lobby which, for decades has distorted both the Israeli and Palestinian narrative to advance Israel’s colonization of Palestine. Its enormous power was manifested this past week when it pressured Facebook, Zoom and ultimately YouTube to deny their platforms to broadcast a pro Palestinian forum at San Francisco University. Backed by millions of dollars of funding, the Israeli Lobby has established a stranglehold on US Institutions of...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Walter Hixson, Mohammed Mohammed, Apartheid, Israeli Lobby, Palestine...
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Israel is spending millions of dollars to squash Campus organizing along with educational programs that challenge the fraudulent Israeli narrative. The fact that the Lobby already has the US government in its pocket is not exactly news. Now it's aiming at the Academy. Criticism of Israel is labeled anti-Semitic, and that trope triggers a reflexive response to once again make Israel the victim rather than the aggressor. This week we examine the work of the Palestinian grassroots uprising which...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Lara Friedman, Peter Beinart, Dimi Khalidi, Foundation for Middle East...
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Today we explore the use of propaganda to control the political discourse. In particular the use of propaganda by the Israeli Lobby to alter historical facts and put forth a narrative that, though false, suits their imperialistic agenda. Sut Jhally, Professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has studied and taught the issue for years, and was interviewed in a Washington Report on the Middle East webinar by Grant Smith. If you have not seen Sut Jhally’s film, the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Sut Jhally, Grant Smith, propaganda, Israeli Lobby, Occupation of the...
Today, Ali Abunimah joins Michael Spath, the director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace in conversation discussing current developments in Palestine. Israelis’ ongoing weekly protests against Netanyahu’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis ignore the brutal scene unfolding daily in the occupied West Bank. There have been at least 70 army raids over the last 2 weeks, including an Aug. 27 attack on the al-Fawwar refugee camp where a family was severely beaten and its money stolen.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Michael Spath, Indiana Center, Khari...
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Today, increasingly, Rappers and Hip Artists are viewed as modern day truth tellers lauded and sometimes taunted for telling it like it is. Their dissection of our various cultures is often prophetic. After years of struggle Rap and Hip Hop artists have assumed their well-earned place in our artistic culture. Today we feature a conversation with Palestinian Rap artist, Tamer Nafar, one of the founders of the celebrated Palestinian Rap group, DAM, whose truth telling has created great...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Tamer Nafar, Salim Barameh, rap, hip hop, DAM, Palestinian Podcast, Truth...
Coronavirus has not even slowed Israel's murderous oppression of Palestinians. Sharqawi and Estapé discuss its impact in Palestine, how the Palestinians are organizing themselves to continue resisting the occupation, and how we can help to put an end to international complicity with the Israeli apartheid regime. Plus a Mondoweiss article:If you care about Palestinian human rights, the Democratic Convention last week was a total heartbreak. The issue was never mentioned in any of the primetime...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Fayrouz Sharqawi, Alys Samson Estapé, COVID-19, Gaza, Coronavirus,...
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Aug 24, 2020 Host John Roberts
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Tom Suarez has written an important book exploring the roots of Zionism, a history largely denied by mainstream Zionists because of its dependence on terrorism to advance its agenda against the Palestinian people. The book is meticulously documented from British military archives, but despite its authenticity, Suarez is attacked almost everywhere he speaks or tries to speak. The accepted Zionist history and narrative that is proclaimed today is largely based on myth that cannot be documented...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Tom Suarez, Zionism, terrorism, British military archives, Argyle Street...
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This week we feature a conversation with Palestinian attorney, Diana Buttu, and Middle East analyst, Phyllis Bennis recorded at a British roundtable called Palestine Deep Dive. Among other things they discuss the possible impact of the upcoming US presidential election on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This conversation was recorded, May 1 st , 2020.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Phyllis Bennis, Diana Buttu, Palestine Deep Dive, US presidential...
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Aug 6, 2020 Host John Roberts
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This week we feature a conversation with one of the truly great investigative journalists of our time, Max Blumenthal. To guarantee his independence as a journalist he founded the Grayzone Project (thegrayzone.com), which allowed him to cut ties with the controlling corporate media. Because of that, his reporting is less exposed in main stream media, which too often refuses to accurately cover such areas as Venezuela, Syria, and of course Palestine. His books include The 51 Day War: Ruin and...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Max Blumenthal, Michael Spath, Grayzone Project, Truth and Justice Radio
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Aug 4, 2020 Host John Roberts
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Hanan Ashwari has been on the PLO Executive Committee and has often served as the voice of the PLO for decades and she is the featured Palestinian voice this morning, in conversation with Podcast producer Salem Barameh. Unfortunately the entire conversation is longer than the time we have, but you will hear most of it.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Hanan Ashrawi, Salem Barameh, Palestine Podcast, PLO
Josh Ruebner, who currently teaches at Georgetown University, for many years worked in the trenches of Washington, DC lobbying Congress on behalf of the Palestinian People for The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy. Given this Congress, can you imagine a more difficult mission? He is also author of Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Verso, 2013) and...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Josh Ruebner, Michael Spath, annexation, Indiana Center for Peace in the...
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Rula has received accolades for her groundbreaking work in Italy, the United States and across the Middle East. She was the first foreign anchorperson in the history of television news in Italy, where she went on to host multiple political talk shows. Since moving to the United States in 2009, Rula has been an on-air foreign policy analyst for MSNBC and a contributor to the Daily Beast, Newsweek and Salon.com, where her articles have reflected a deep knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Rula Jabreal, Salem Barameh, Palestinian Podcast, amazing Palestinian...
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It's a difficult time for Palestinians, but then again, under occupation, it's always a difficult time for Palestinians. That is why we continue to marvel at the resiliency and passion for their land that seems to buoy them to continue their resistance against great odds. We certainly see that in Amer Zahr, our presenter this week, who gives voice to that resiliency and resistance of his people. Amer Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, academic, and adjunct professor of Law. He...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Amer Zahr, Salem Barameh, Palestinian Podcast, growing up Arab, Truth and...
We begin this week with the voice of Noura Erakat, a frequent guest on This Week In Palestine. She is a Palestinian attorney and professor at Rutgers University, and the cousin of Ahmed Erakat. Ahmed, 27, was recently gunned down and left unattended to bleed to death at a checkpoint on the West Bank, on his way to pick up his sister on her wedding day. He himself was to be married in the very near future. That checkpoint, like many others, cannot even remotely be claimed to protect Israelis...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ahmed Erakat, Noura Kerakat, Hatem Bazian, Dale Sprusansky, Democracy...
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Policing in America is under intense scrutiny in the wake of continuing demonstrations and non-violent displays of rage over the shooting of unarmed Black people. The restructuring of policing and our understanding of safety and security are at the heart of that scrutiny. The militarized, discriminatory practice of policing which is geared to control society has not and will not provide security and safety for everyone in that society. How did we get to this warped concept of security and...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jeff Halper, Policing in America, War Against the People, Law and Order,...
Ramzy Baroud's new book is These Chains Will Be Broken. He observes that almost all Palestinians are imprisoned in one way or another. Before this: the bullies are at it again, this time in a massive effort to shut down the International Criminal Court. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have experienced life in Israel’s prisons since 1967, as did many more in previous decades during the course of the ongoing Israeli military occupation. Yet rarely has the story of their experiences in...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ramzy Baroud, Israeli jails, Palestinian prisoners, These Chains Will Be...
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Jun 11, 2020 Host John Roberts
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In this conversation, recorded recently at the Palestine Center in Washington DC, Rashid Khalidi discusses the content of his latest book, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 . Khalidi, a Palestinian-American, is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. His past books include Resurrecting Empire: Western...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Rashid Khalidi, Mohammad Mohammad, Palestine Center, Washington DC, Truth...
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Diana Buttu is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and a former spokesperson for the PLO in negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian organizations. She has since been associated with Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU). She currently lives in Ramallah. Here is Diana Buttu speaking at Harvard Law School on a "one-state solution." Before this, we begin with comments from Phil Weiss writing in Mondoweiss concerning Joe Biden’s...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Diana Buttu, Harvard Law School, PLO, Ramallah, one-state solution, Phil...
Our feature presentation today is a conversation between Israeli historian Ilan Pappé and Maha Rod of KinderUSA. They discuss the current situation in Gaza and throughout the West Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic, a matter of elevated concern, to say the least. We begin with Maha Rod outlining the work of KinderUSA in Gaza. Before this, we introduce the ongoing story of the Tufts University administration’s attack on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Once again, the Zionist forces...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ilan Pappé, Maha Rod, KinderUSA, COVID-19, Gaza, West Bank, Tufts...
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U.S. presidents, one after another, along with their flacks, continue ad nauseum to claim they support a "two-state solution" for the peoples living in historic Palestine. Enlightened Israelis and Palestinians know very well that such an option, if it ever existed, has long been foreclosed by Israel's ever-growing settler incursions, its apartheid wall, and much more. With generous U.S. support, Israel's so-called leadership has exploited the illusion of such an option to cheat its...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jeff Halper, Awad Abdulfattah, Michael Spath, One State, two-state...
This week we present a webinar conversation sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace. It features Dimi Khalidi, founder and director of the legal advocacy group, Palestine Legal; Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East peace; and Peter Beinart, prolific journalist and author. They discuss the rampant ongoing attempts by various Jewish organizations to silence criticism of Israel on US campuses, and in general squash Palestinian advocacy. We begin with Peter...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Dimi Khalidi, Palestine Legal, Lara Friedman, Foundation for Middle East...
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The Corona Virus pandemic dominates the world’s attention and the media’s focus. So it is also in Palestine. This week we will present an inside look into the effects of the virus in Palestine, and particularly in Bethlehem where COVID-19 has hit the hardest. Palestinians face the double whammy of fighting the pandemic, while resisting the occupation that brings the military and Illegal Jewish Settlers into their space. You are about to hear a recent Skype conversation between Abed...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Abed Abusroar, Michael Spath, corona virus, COVID-19, pandemic,...
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In February, a federal lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, by 13 Palestinian and American activists accuses President Donald Trump and his Middle East adviser Jared Kushner of violating Palestinian civil and human rights. Also named in the suit are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Miriam Adelson, the wife of billionaire settler financier Sheldon Adelson; Israeli lobby group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and 13 others. The action targets...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Martin McMahon, lawsuit, Trump, Kushner, Netanyahu, Cuomo, Adelson,...
A new book titled The Movement and the Middle East offers the first assessment of the controversial and ultimately debilitating role of the Arab-Israeli conflict among left-wing activists during a turbulent period of American history. Today we feature the author of that book, historian Michael Fischbach, speaking at the Palestine Center in Washington DC. Michael Fischbach shows how, as the 1970s wore on, the cleavages emerging within the American Left widened, weakening the Movement and leaving...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Michael Fischbach, left-wing, American left, Movement, Middle East,...
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This Week In Palestine is produced at WZBC-FM, a student operated radio station at Boston College. Due to the pandemic, Boston College students have been sent home and will not return until Autumn 2020. Therefore, programming has been suspended at WZBC for the immediate future. We welcome you to access our permanent archive at truthandjusticeradio.org: click on “This Week in Palestine Archive.” You’ll find our past broadcasts all the way back to 1-6-2008. Here are the three pieces we have...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, COVID-19, Bethlehem, Abed Abusroar, Al Rowwad, Aida Refugee Camp, Yasser...
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Mar 18, 2020 Host John Roberts
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Speaking at Tufts University, Professor Feldman takes a long look at Palestinian Refugee Camps. Palestinian refugees’ experience of protracted displacement is among the lengthiest in history. She explores this community’s engagement with humanitarian assistance over a seventy-year period and their persistent efforts to alter their present and future conditions. Her book is "Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics" (UC Press, 2018).
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ilana Feldman, Palestinian Refugee Camps, protracted displacement, 70...
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We found a fascinating British show called "Head to Head", which features sort of a debate format. This particular week featured a discussion between Zionists Schlomo Ben Ami, and Paul Charney facing Palestinian attorney Diana Buttu and new historian and author, Avi Schlaim. It is moderated by Mehdi Hassan and takes place at the Oxford Union in the UK. See whether you notice any parallels between the so-called "Liberal Zionists," who do much of the talking in this episode,...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Head to head, Mehdi Hassan, Schlomo Ben Ami, Paul Charney, Diana Buttu,...
Today we take a long look at the history of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations from a man who was inside the room for many of those historic events, Khaled Elgindy. Elgindy was a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. He previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations held throughout 2008. His most recent book is...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Khaled Elgindy, Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, Blind Spot, Balfour,...
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Today, as is the purpose of this program, you will hear from a couple of muted voices that speak truth to power. We feature journalist and author Max Blumenthal, a great journalist and author whose Middle East insights are prolific and insightful, but due to their honesty, are rarely given exposure any more in the mainstream media. We also feature Syracuse University professor and author Dr. Osama Khalil. They spoke at the Annual Conference at the Palestine Center last November on the so-called...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Max Blumenthal, Osama Khalil, Deal of the century, Palestine Center,...
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Feb 18, 2020 Host John Roberts
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It is said that converts are the best evangelists. In the case of Israeli author and activist, Miko Peled, that certainly is true. Born to a prominent Israeli military family, his father was a General who was a major figure in both wars against Palestine, in 1948 and 1967, but later in life became a critic of the Israeli state as he became aware of its rampant Zionism and apartheid. His son, Miko, has gone further, and has become a sharp critic of, and major spokesman against Zionist injustice....
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Miko Peled, the General's son, Zionism, apartheid, colonialism, Holy Land...
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The power of the Israeli lobby is manifesting itself all through American society today. It certainly has been felt locally, as Cambridge and Somerville experienced when activist groups tried diligently for months to get Israel-boycott legislation and resolutions through their City Councils only to witness a last minute blitzkrieg by the well-financed Israeli lobby that faced down both city councils. We also see the power of the Lobby in systematically flooding state legislatures all across the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Walter Hixson, Israel Lobby, Israeli Lobby, Tom Abowd, BDS, Israel's Armor
Dr. Slaughter has been collaborating with Health workers in Gaza and The West Bank for several years and serves on the Board of Gaza Mental Health Center Foundation. He has just returned from an International Health Conference In Palestine. We sat down with Bill to talk about the conference, his work, and his travels into and out of Gaza.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Bill Slaughter, William Slaughter, Gaza, Missiles, Bad Water, March of...
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Jan 27, 2020 Host John Roberts
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Our featured speaker today is Joseph Massad, one of our clearest and most articulate voices. Massad discusses "Trump's Deal of the Century: the Final Phase of the Oslo Accords." Here's an informal summary of the "deal": (1) the PLO, or now, PA is designated as the sole representative of all Palestinians, of course snuffing out Hamas and all dissenters; then (2) in "exchange" for a devastating package of even more crippling one-sided concessions by the PA, all...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Joseph Massad, Trump, Deal of the Century, Oslo Accords, PLO, PA, Hamas,...
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Jan 21, 2020 Host John Roberts
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Today the Palestinian voice you will hear is that of our old friend Mazin Qumsiyeh speaking at the Community Church of Boston. Mazin has a doctorate in Biology, and taught at both Duke and Yale Universities, but is back in Palestine at Bethlehem University where he has founded the Palestine Natural History Museum. Mazin came to Cambridge to speak at the annual Science for Palestine Conference at MIT. Most of us know Mazin as an activist, but he is a passionate scientist who sees the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Community Church of Boston, Palestine Natural History...
Today we finish our coverage of the November 12, 2019 Criminalizing Dissent Conference held at Umass Amherst. This was an enormously important conference, held despite the fact that the Zionist lobby as well as University officials tried to stop it from even happening. They were not successful, and with the help of a court order, the conference proceeded. The auditorium was packed, as was a similar conference held in the Spring of 2019, and as you will hear, this one was also challenged by...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Criminalizing Dissent, BDS, Zionist lobby, Linda Sarsour, Time Wise,...
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On November 12, 2019, Umass Amherst held its second blockbuster pro-Palestinian conference of the year taking on the Zionists lobby’s attempt to censor speech on American campuses. Last week we heard UMass Professor Sut Jhally, organizer of the event, followed by Linda Sarsour, moderator, and Omar Barghouty, co-founder of the BDS campaign. A capacity crowd was present, despite condemnation by university officials and right-wing pro-Israel pressure groups. The panel addressed mounting efforts...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Tim Wise, Cornel West, Dimi Khalidi, Linda Sarsour, BDS, Truth and...
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On November 12, 2019, Umass Amherst held its second blockbuster pro-Palestinian conference of the year taking on the Zionists lobby’s attempt to censor speech on American campuses. We hear Umass Professor Sut Jhally, organizer of the event, followed by Linda Sarsour, moderator, and Omar Barghouty, co-founder of the BDS campaign (via Skype). A capacity crowd was present, despite condemnation by university officials and right-wing pro-Israel pressure groups. The panel addressed mounting efforts...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Sut Jhally, Linda Sarsour, Omar Barghouty, BDS, Umass Amherst, Zionist...
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Nancy knows Gaza! She is co-founder of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, a frequent traveler to the area, and much more. She has also led several delegations over the years to the West Bank. Here Nancy reports on Gazans' resiliency in the face of Israel's daily lethal and systemic cruelties against Gazans, and on the history of Hamas. In his article, Josh Ruebner names US Reps who now reject Israel's current fascist single state and ALSO the shopworn, now-impossible, two-state...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Nancy Murray, Gaza, Gaza Mental Health Foundation, Hamas, Josh Ruebner,...
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Today we feature Israeli historian Ilan Pappé speaking at the Cleveland Forum in Cleveland, Ohio. When it was announced that Pappé would be speaking at the Forum, the Israeli lobby went to work to discredit him, going so far as to call him “anti-semitic” and a “self-hating Jew” for the seminal work he has done to document, among other things, the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population by the Israeli military in 1948. We are running Pappé’s full presentation, including the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ilan Pappé, Cleveland Forum, ethnic cleansing, antisemitic, self-hating...
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Bennis minces no words in this genuinely historical review, starting BEFORE the 1917 Balfour Declaration and running to the shameful present. She points out that USA support for the formation of Israel was fueled by antisemitism, including turning away ships loaded with Jewish refugees during the Hitler era. She describes the USA's fraudulent role as mediator of the "peace process" and its disastrous effects on Palestinians' struggle to survive. Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Phyllis Bennis, 1917, Balfour Declaration, antisemitism, peace process,...
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Nov 28, 2019 Host John Roberts
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We recorded the presentation of a dear friend from the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, Abdelfattah Abusrour, PhD, known usually as Abed. Abed directs a cultural center in the Aida Camp, which goes by the name of al-Rowwad. Learn more about al-Rowwad at alrowwadusa.org. Abed has been coming to the Boston area ever since 2009, when the Cambridge Bethlehem People to People Project and Friends of al-Rowwad sponsored their theater company on a tour of the northeast, including at the Central Square...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Abed Abusrour, Abdelfattah Abusrour, Aida Camp, Aida Refugee Camp,...
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With caveats and apologies for poor sound quality, we bring you talks at Tree Of Life conferences by Cindy and Craig Corrie, the parents of Rachel Corrie, and author Mark Braverman. As most people know, in 2003 Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to defend a Palestinian home slated for demolition. Her mother and father have taken up her cause, working for Palestinian Rights. This brought them to the Tree of Life Conference in Harwich, MA, where they both spoke. Mark...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Tree Of Life, Cindy Corrie, Craig Corrie, Rachel Corrie, Mark Braverman,...
This week we are very proud to bring you the premier edition of a podcast developed by Tufts University professor and Palestinian activist Amahl Bishara and an intern graduate from Wesleyan University, Marshall Hanig. It's part of an oral history Project they are working on. Our very own host is one of the featured voices. Learning his remarkable story is an intimate treat for his longtime listeners and colleagues. The broadcast begins with an introduction by Marshall Hanig.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Boston area activists, podcast, Truth and Justice Radio
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Today we feature Harvard Professor, Cornel West, giving the annual Edward Said memorial lecture sponsored by the Palestine Center in Washington DC. Edward Said, the outstanding Palestinian intellectual, author, and classical musician, taught at Columbia University for many years before his death in 2003. Cornel West and Edward Said were friends and colleagues for several years.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Cornel West, Edward Said, Columbia University, Palestine Center, Truth...
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As Daoud points out, there has been little or no discussion of the impact of Israel's repression on Palestinian women, including those like herself who are citizens of Israel. In this talk at the Palestine Center in Washington DC, she discusses Palestinian women's forced role change from mothering to working -- for Jewish Israelis or their businesses. She discusses the resistance led by women during different phases since Israel’s inception. She also mentions her recent research on women in...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Suheir Daoud, Palestine Center, Palestinian Women Citizens of Israel,...
Professor Rashid Khalidi speaks in Vienna on the current USA/Trump behavior regarding Israel's outrageous antics, including its takeover of all of Jerusalem, and the glaring flaws dooming the so-called peace process. Khalidi is a US-Palestinian historian of the Middle East, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and director of the Middle East institute which is based there. In collaboration with the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the Bruno Kreisky Forum for...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Rashid Khalidi, Ilan Pappé, peace process, IDF, damning documents,...
We present Vijay Prashad's broad-ranging analytical speech titled "Palestine's Intifada, the Process of Liberation is Irresistible," given in Washington DC just before the 2016 US presidential election. Regarding that election, he reads from "Quotations from Chairman Trump" (Rosetta Books, 2015). Before all this, we present a recent Mondoweiss article by Layla Kaiksow and Reema Abu Shaheenon on the outrageous commercial roadblocks erected by Israel to hamper Palestinian West...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Vijay Prashad, Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy, Chairman...
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This morning we feature the youngest certified, fully credentialed, journalist in the world. She is 13 years old. A Palestinian, she lives in Nabeh Saleh on the West Bank, one of the hottest spots in occupied Palestine. Her name is Jenna Jihad. Jenna started writing when she was 7 years old because she felt that the occupation of her village was not being adequately covered by the media. She spoke at the Palestine Center in Washington DC, one of the stops on her speaking tour of the US. Israeli...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jenna Jihad, Nabeh Saleh, Miko Peled, no guns, Israeli soldiers and...
One of the missions of This Week In Palestine is to expose the machinations and effects of the Israeli Lobby, especially how it operates in the United States. This morning we take a look at how the lobby operates in Virginia and what a courageous group, the Virginia Coalition for Human Rights, is doing to combat its infiltration into the economy and Public Education system of the Commonwealth. We get a real picture of the depth and breadth of the Lobby’s reach into the fabric of American...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Virginia Coalition for Human Rights, Israeli Lobby, machinations,...
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This week we'll hear historian Ilan Pappé as he discusses the themes in his 2017 book, The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories. It's a portrait of the devastating military occupation of Palestine today. He is speaking in Washington DC. Here's Amazon's description: "Israeli expat historian Pappé ... boldly and persuasively argues for understanding the occupied territories as the world’s 'largest ever mega-prison' ... Pappé’s conclusions won’t be welcome...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ilan Pappé, Ethnic Cleansing, Israeli military archives, Biggest Prison...
"Cries for Intersectionality are at the center of organizing efforts for a host of social movements, the intersection of various liberation movements moving in solidarity against common oppressors. ... The movements for Black liberation and the movement for Palestinian liberation are front and center in this organizing effort. There is long history of these two movements allying together going all the way back to the civil rights era when SNCC publicly identified with the Palestinian...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Black solidarity with Palestine, SNCC, progressives, financial support,...
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Today our Palestinian voice is that of Khitam Edelbi, who has been a frequent guest on Today our Palestinian voice is that of Khitam Edelbi, who has been a frequent guest on This Week In Palestine as she returns from her home in East Jerusalem to Cambridge each summer to work on her PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University. She has completed her course work and is now working on her thesis. We interview her face to face. As Khitam has explained, her expressive therapy program is...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Khitam Edelbi, Expressive Therapy, sadistic Israeli soldiers,...
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On May 4th of this year, an important event took place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. It was a forum called “not backing down” and dealt with the constant assault by pro Israeli organizations to shut down pro Palestinian voices. Ironically, which in fact made the point, there were serious attempts to prohibit this very forum from taking place by the Zionist lobby, including an unsuccessful lawsuit…which emphasized the need for this forum to challenge this systematic...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Not Backing Down, UMass, Zionist lobby, lawsuit, Vijay Prashad, Linda...
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Sep 17, 2019 Host John Roberts
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We continue today with part 2 of 3 of the UMass event "Not Backing Down": a forum on the constant assault by pro-Israeli organizations to shut down pro-Palestinian voices. Today we feature three more voices from this forum. You will hear speakers Linda Sarsour, Marc Lamont Hill, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Each one is introduced by moderator Vijay Prashad.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Not Backing Down, UMass, Vijay Prashad, Linda Sarsour, Marc Lamont Hill,...
Ironically, emphasizing the need for this very forum, there were serious attempts by the Zionist lobby to prohibit it from taking place, including an unsuccessful lawsuit! Today we will hear Professor and forum organizer Sut Jhally, distinguished activist Angela Davis, moderator Vijay Prashad, and Nation columnist Dave Zirin. Next week we will feature the other speakers, Linda Sarsour, Roger Waters, and Marc Lamont Hill. After all of this, we read Nada Elia's comments in Mondoweiss on the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Not Backing Down, UMass, Vijay Prashad, Sut Jhally, Angela Davis, Dave...
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This week we again have the privilege of hearing Susan Abulhawa's remarkable keynote address at the recent conference sponsored by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Susan is a renowned Palestinian writer and activist and founder of the organization Playgrounds for Palestine. As a speaker and promoter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, she is appearing at many venues. As her introducer explains, Susan first had a successful career in biomedical science, after which...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Susan Abulwaha, Washington Report, Dickens, arms sales, Haidar Eid, BDS,...
Our feature presentation today is British author and journalist Ben White. He speaks about his new book, Cracks in the Wall: Beyond apartheid in Israel Palestine. He spoke at the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center in Washington,DC. Before that, we hear Gaza professor Haider Eid on the insulting remarks of Jared Kushner as he introduced his nonsensical Palestine/Israel "peace" plan.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ben White, Cracks in the Wall, Haider Eid, Jared Kushner, peace plan,...
Today we repeat for you a program recorded at Harvard Law School exclusively for This Week In Palestine. It is an exploration of international law as it relates to the US/Israel occupation of Palestine. Of course international law applies to all signatory countries, although the US and Israel, when they decide that the law should not apply to them, have no problem flouting it, about which you will soon hear. The speaker is Jamil Dakwar of the ACLU, introduced at a student sponsored event at the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jamil Dakwar, ACLU, Harvard Law School, international law, occupation,...
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Our feature presentation today is a talk delivered to this years annual conference of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in Washington DC delivered by Grant Smith of the Institute for Research for Middle East Policy. He is a frequent contributor to the Al Jazeera News Service, speaking on Israel’s clandestine nuclear program, which to this day it continues to absurdly claim, does not exist. And of course because Israel wants to continue this charade of non existence, we go along...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Grant Smith, nukes, nuclear program, clandestine, charade, Teaching...
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We spend a good deal of time on This Week In Palestine exploring the power of the Israeli lobby because of the significant role it plays in the manipulation of Congress, the president, the media, and therefore the American people. Walter Hixson, Professor of History at Akron University, has written a new book, "Israel’s Armor: The Israeli Lobby and the First Generation of the Palestine conflict," that traces the roots of the Israeli lobby all the way back to the birth of the Zionist...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Walter Hixson, Israel's Armor, Israeli Lobby, Zionist movement, Ramzy...
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Jun 8, 2019 Host John Roberts, presenting Jim Clancy, Miko Peled, and Ali Abunimah
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Our presentation this morning takes a long critical look at the media coverage of the Palestine Israel struggle through the eyes of three seasoned journalist activists who have covered this story for years. First you will hear from Jim Clancy, who began covering the Palestinian struggle from Beirut when the PLO was ensconced there, and continues his coverage to this day. Second you will hear from Miko Peled, well-known as the general’s son, who grew up in Jerusalem, has enormous credibility,...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jim Clancy, Miko Peled, Ali Abunimah, seasoned journalists, media...
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This week we take a look at the sweep of the history of the so-called peace process, which, as it is often said, is more about process than about peace. Palestinian scholar and author Khaled Elgindy, who has been in the middle of this process as a consultant to the PLO for years, has written a new book called The Blind Spot that takes a critical look at this painful process from the inside. Here he speaks to an audience at the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center in Washington DC about his book...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Khaled Elgindy, PLO, Blind Spot, Balfour, Trump, Truth and Justice Radio
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First, Ali Abunimah puts his finger on the cause of Israel's endless bombing and shooting campaigns against the 100%-imprisoned population of Gaza, especially the nonviolent protesters near the gates: Israel is very happy to continue these murders, with the impunity granted to them by the international community. They can sell weapons to other warring countries, saying they are "battle-tested," as though shooting unarmed civilians involves a "battle" with two sides. Then our...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ali Abunimah, Joseph Massad, Jewish/Democratic State, Nation-State law,...
The feature presentation this morning is an address to a conference organized by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in Washington DC. by Brad Parker. Parker is International Advocacy Officer & Attorney at Defence for Children International, Palestine section. DCIP is an advocacy and legal group seeking to defend Palestinian children, who continue to face major abuse, including incarceration, at the hands of the Israeli military. As Parker reports, when children encounter Israeli...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Brad Parker, Rashida Tlaib, Congress, Defence for Children International,...
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The news service Al Jazeera has produced a 4-part film exposing the inner-workings of the Israeli Lobby. Israel found it so damning that it leaned heavily on Qatar, where Al Jazeera is headquartered, to force the film’s producers to not release the film…and they have not. This act of censorship has caused an enormous controversy. Somehow the Electronic Intifada obtained the film, "The Lobby - USA," and made it available for viewing on its website. You can view it there at...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Israeli Lobby, covert influence...
Today we start with an excerpt from Palestinian Remi Kanazi's brilliant performance at Harvard, commemorating Israeli Apartheid Week. Born 1981, Kanazi is a tour de force, a bundle of energy who is part poet, part stand up comedian, and part social commentator based in New York City. All 3 parts are evident in his performances. He is the editor of the anthology of hip hop, poetry and art, Poets for Palestine (2008), the author of two collections of poetry, Poetic Injustice: Writings on...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Remi Kanazi, Noura Erakat, Khuri Peterson-Smith, Apartheid,...
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This Week In Palestine was created by Sherif Fam and is continued in his memory. Your host is John Roberts. Our feature presentation today is a recorded forum held during Apartheid Week at Harvard University. It features Cornel West, Dimi Khalidi, and Marc Lamont Hill. It begins with introductions by the moderator, Jamila Huessein. But first, we begin with words out of Gaza, where that imprisoned population just celebrated the one year anniversary of the Great March of Return. It was highly...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Haidar Eid, Cornel West, Dimi Khalidi, Marc Lamont Hill, Harvard,...
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This week we have the privilege of hearing Susan Abulhawa's remarkable keynote address at the recent conference sponsored by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Susan is a renowned Palestinian writer and activist and founder of the organization Playgrounds for Palestine. As a speaker and promoter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, she is appearing at many venues. As her introducer explains, Susan first had a successful career in biomedical science, after which she...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Susan Abulwaha, Washington Report, Dickens, arms sales, Eidar Eid, BDS,...
This week we focus on water … the water crisis in Palestine. As most of us know, Israel has expropriated most of Palestine's water resources for the benefit of its Jewish population, including settlers in the West Bank, feeding their households, swimming pools, lawns, and other whims. A tiny fraction is still allowed for Palestinians. We have as our guest Nidal Al-Azraq, Executive Director of the organization 1for3. 1for3 works year-around to develop models for the preservation and...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Nidal Al-Azraq, 1for3, water, Gaza, Walk for Water, Ali Abunimah,...
Today we finish up our presentation of the reportback by Nancy and Hubert Murray and the Reverend Mariama White Hammond. Last week we featured Nancy and Hubert Murray's presentations. As promised, this week we feature White Hammond's presentation, followed by the very rich question and answer discussion. This was a particularly inciteful reportback because of the historical perspective offered by this particular delegation. Rev. White-Hammond is an advocate for ecological and social justice,...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Mariama White Hammond, BDS, Israeli lobby, campus groups, Swarthmore,...
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Today our entire program is devoted to a reportback from a trip to Palestine by Nancy and Hubert Murray. They spoke recently at Boston University, along with Reverend Mariama White Hammond, whom we will hear next week along with a very rich question and answer period. Nancy Murray has traveled to Palestine-Israel some 18 times since 1988, which explains why her observations and analysis are so well credentialed. She has led several delegations, including this one, as well as the first one our...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Nancy Murray, Hubert Murray, reportback, ACLU, Truth and Justice Radio
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The Great March of Return continues in Gaza, as does the slaughter by the Israeli snipers who openly shoot at protesters walking toward the wall that imprisons them in Gaza. Several of the protestors have died, but mostly the snipers shoot to maim, aiming at feet and legs. Imagine the barbarity of a nation which imprisons Gazans behind a huge wall, to have its soldiers shoot unarmed Gazan protestors when they get too close to that precious wall! Today we will hear Ahmed Abu Artema, a founder of...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ahmed Abu Artema, Great March of Return, Gaza, Israeli snipers, shoot to...
"Cries for Intersectionality are at the center of organizing efforts for a host of social movements, the intersection of various liberation movements moving in solidarity against common oppressors. ... The movements for Black liberation and the movement for Palestinian liberation are front and center in this organizing effort. There is long history of these two movements allying together going all the way back to the civil rights era when SNCC publicly identified with the Palestinian...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Black solidarity with Palestine, SNCC, progressives, financial support,...
We report on Al Jazeera's undercover investigation of the doings of The Israel Project. This has not received the attention it deserves, especially now that newly elected Representative Omar has gone public at great risk, saying AIPAC is responsible for her colleagues' wrongheaded actions. Glenn Greenwald offers comments about the ongoing battle. Finally, Professor Leila Farsakh presents a wide-ranging analysis of the current political situation in Palestine in meticulous detail.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, Congress, Glenn Greenwald, Leila Farsakh, Truth and...
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Mar 12, 2019 TJR producer Stan Robinson
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We hear from two insurgent members of the Democratic Party of a "Green New Deal," the purpose of which is reducing CO2 emissions with an eye to heading off global climate disaster. Is there anything missing or wrong with the Democrats' "Green New Deal"? Who better to answer that question than the actual standard bearers of the Green Party! Those standard bearers are Ajamu Baraka and Jill Stein, past and future candidates for vice president and president of the USA. The term...
Topics: Green Party, Green New Deal, Ajamu Baraka, Jill Stein, AOC, Ed Markey, CO2, global climate...
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Mar 5, 2019 Host John Roberts
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The Promised Land Museum, a photo and video installation, was recently displayed at Friends Center, Cambridge, MA. You can learn more about It and see its videos at http://promisedlandmuseum.org/. It was developed by Dr. Steven Feldman, who was brought up in a strict Jewish family and community. Through this installation, he challenges us to exercise Jewish values in an examination of the occupation of Palestine by Israel. The Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience was founded to provide a...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Steven Feldman, Max Carter, Nancy Murray, Promised Land, Jewish Museum of...
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Eran Efrati reports that he left the IDF because he objected to what it does. He spoke in great detail recently in Boston on policing and the U.S.-Israel Deadly Exchange. The Deadly Exchange consists of American and Israeli police visiting each others' countries, all expenses paid, nominally by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and other captured but supposedly respectable NGOs, but ultimately borne by U.S. taxpayers, to learn their counterparts' "best practices" and...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Eran Efrati, Deadly Exchange, police, security, best practices, IDF, ADL,...
Today we hear a presentation by social scientist and pollster Khalil Shikaki. He is professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, Palestine. Since 2005 he has also been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. This Week In Palestine recorded this presentation at Harvard University. For over 25 years he has been measuring public opinion in both Palestine and Israel, especially as it...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Khalil Shikaki, Harvard, Brandeis, pollster, opinion polls, two-state,...
Today we have for you a program recorded at Harvard Law School exclusively for This Week In Palestine. It is an exploration of international law as it relates to the US/Israel occupation of Palestine. Of course international law applies to all signatory countries, although the US and Israel, when they decide that the law should not apply to them, have no problem flouting it, about which you will soon hear. The speaker is Jamil Dakwar of the ACLU, introduced at a student sponsored event at the...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jamil Dakwar, ACLU, Harvard Law School, international law, occupation,...
Josh Ruebner, Policy Director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, is followed by Lamis Deek, Palestinian civil rights attorney in New York City. We see this repression in a myriad number of forms. For example, Trump's cutoff of the U.S. share of UNWRA funding; ending bilateral "humanitarian" assistance from AID; closure of the PLO office in Washington DC; transfer of the U.S. Embassy from TelAviv to Jerusalem; and the dissolution of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem....
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Josh Ruebner, Lamis Deek, Trump, Palestinian, surreptitious, criminalize,...
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Today we offer two presentations from the same forum, a conference sponsored by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. First we hear from Virginia Tilley, professor at Southern Illinois University, addressing the issue of the unpleasant smell of apartheid in every Israeli proposal of a "solution." They don't like the word, so they are trying to redefine it out of existence. Similarly, Palestinian attorney Noura Erakat weighs in on Israel’s machinations as it unsuccessfully...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Professor Virginia Tilley, apartheid, attorney Noura Erakat, Israel’s...
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Today's show comes as two entirely independent presentations. For the 1st part of today's show, we take a long look at Palestine’s premier institution of higher education, Birzeit University. Palestinians are among the highest educated people on the face of the Earth. That is the good news. The bad news is that after they get their many degrees, whether it be a BA, Masters degree, PhD, or whatever, there are few jobs and extremely limited opportunities in their field for them when they...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Abdullatif Abuhilyea, Birzeit University, Jefferson Morley, James...
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Palestinian scholar Sreemati Mitter has done an enormous amount of research on the freezing of Arab Palestinian bank accounts by Israel following its declaration of Independence, and she is writing a book about it. She gave this talk in Washington DC, where she was introduced by Yusef Munayyer. Israel not only drove Arab Palestinians off their land and took their homes, it also froze their money, and took it. Sreemati tells the riveting story of how they fought this outrage. They were defeated...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Sreemati Mitter, bank assets, freezing, theft, Truth and Justice Radio
Getman spoke last April in Washington DC. His focus is the power of Christian Evangelical Zionism in the US. Some may be surprised to learn that Christian Zionism, with its antisemitic core, actually predates the formation of Jewish Zionism. Before that, we discuss the frighteningly successful campaign by various vestiges of the Israel lobby to silence pro-Palestinian voices on US campuses. We've personally experienced some of this campaign here at Boston College Radio. Electronic Intifada now...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Thomas Getman, Christian Evangelical Zionism, Electronic Intifada, Al...
Our feature presentation today is a recording of Khalil Jahshan speaking on "The Fake Peace Process." Jahshan delivered this at a conference at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Among other things, Jahshan is the Executive Director of the Arabic Center in Washington, DC. Before that: In the news for the last several weeks is the plight of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village where, so far, a successful stand is being made to save the village from demolition. A large, around...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Khalil Jahshan, Fake Peace Process, Bedouins, Khan al-Ahmar, demolition,...
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The new Israeli Nation State law continues to gain International focus and condemnation. Though Israel chafes at the mere hint that it is an Apartheid state, the Nation State law boldly sets in Israeli law the legal structure for an Apartheid state. In the age of Trump and Netanyahu, where black is white and up is down, the so called “only democratic state in the Middle East” is, by law, a classic apartheid, antidemocratic state. It is now set down in black and white in the Israeli law...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Alice Rothchild, Fady Khoury, Nation State Law, Apartheid, occupation,...
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Our feature presentation today is a recording of an interview with distinguished Israeli historian, Professor Ilan Pappe. The interview was done by Mike McCormick on a program called Community Forum, part of Mind Over Matters on radio station KEXP, Seattle, Washington. It focuses on Pappe’s latest book, Ten Myths about Israel (2017). Before that, we present an excerpt from Amy Goodman's Democracy Now with the Palestinian voice of Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi. It gives a...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Rashid Khalidi, Ilan Pappe, Democracy Now, Community Forum, Amy Goodman,...
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Israel has passed a controversial new “nation-state law” that’s sparking both celebration and fierce debate over the very nature of Israel itself. The law does three big things: 1. It states that “the right to exercise national self-determination” in Israel is “unique to the Jewish people.” 2. It establishes Hebrew as Israel’s official language, and downgrades Arabic — a language widely spoken by Arab Israelis — to a “special status.” 3. It establishes Jewish settlement...
Topic: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Jafar Farah, Nabila Espanioly, Massawa Center, nation-state law,...
This week we sit down for a discussion with Mohamed Eid, who was born and raised in Gaza and worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), teaching in the UN schools in Gaza for several years. He currently is studying at the University of North Carolina and Duke University in the specialized field of crisis management. He is joined by Lori Mosher who works with UNRWA USA, a private non profit organization that raises money to support the work of UNRWA. Mohamed and Lori have...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Mohamed Eid, Lori Mosher, UNRWA, Gaza, Trump cutoff, Truth and Justice...
Our feature presentation this week is a speech given by Ahmed Abuznaid at the Palestine Center in Washington, DC where he addresses the Intersectionality of the Palestinian liberation movement with Black Lives Matter. It has become clear that Palestinians and Black Americans face the same kind of struggles, thus joining together gives a bit of promise. Once again we have a presentation that included visuals that you will not be able to see, but the rich narrative allows its use for a radio...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Ahmed Abuznaid, intersectionality, Tufts, Zionist demands, Tom Abowd,...
By now we have all heard the reports that Trump is continuing the US assault on the Palestinian people by cutting off all aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). What does this mean for the Palestinian people, especially those in trapped in Gaza? We address that this morning in a presentation by Mohammed Eid, who was born and who grew up in a refugee camp in the Gaza strip, and who has been working for UNRWA in Gaza. Eid gave this power point presentation in the Palestine...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Mohammed Eid, UNRWA, cutoff, bombings, home demolitions, human warmth,...
Welcome to This Week In Palestine, where each week you will hear the Palestinian narrative, the Palestinian perspective, the Palestinian voice exploring the realities of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian homeland. You will not hear this narrative very often in the western media, which is why it is important that it is presented each week on This Week In Palestine. Your host is John Roberts. This week’s presentation features Rev. Graylan Hagler, a true force in the Black church, civil...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Graylan Hagler, oppression, gunpoint, papers, Plymouth Congregational...
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Today we have a conversation with the remarkable Palestinian story teller, educator, and activist Fidaa Ataya. This took place during her tour of the US, where she has been conducting workshops and speaking throughout the northeast. Fidaa discovered the power of story-telling on the knee of her Grandmother, and as an educator is now using it as her means of teaching and resisting. She understands the power of story telling. We asked her to tell her story.
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Fidaa Ataya, storyteller, activist, teaching, resisting. Truth and...
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Today we feature Aida Touman-Sliman, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and current member of the Knesset. To her enormous credit, Aida is a constant thorn in the flesh of the Israeli establishment. She focuses on the details of the recently-passed, Orwellian, "Nation-State" law, which officially establishes apartheid as the law in the entire “land of Israel” from river to sea. Also discussed: Trump's continuing weaponization of U.S. foreign aid, for example his cessation of $360...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Aida Touman-Sliman, Knesset, Nation-State law, apartheid, UNWRA, Truth...
Today we feature Norman Finkelstein, political scientist, author, professor and activist, speaking on Gaza, where he has done an enormous amount of research and writing on the systematic Israeli massacre of the Gazan population. He also sharply criticizes the media and especially the major human rights organizations, which have been numbed and to some extent neutralized by the Israeli propaganda machine. Professor Finkelstein reviews the dismal history of these organizations' cowardice and...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Norman Finkelstein, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, war...
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This week our Palestinian voice is that of our old friend Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, who never fails to challenge us with the depth of his political analysis. Today we feature Mazin speaking to the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC on May 22, 2018. His subject: “Mayhem vs. Sanity in Western Asia…Why Palestine is still the issue.” In this extraordinarily wide-ranging speech, Mazin observes that almost every nation in the world is a colonizer or colonized, depending on whether it has nuclear...
Topic: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Mayhem, Sanity, Museum of Natural History, Beit Sahour,...
AAI (located in Washington DC) serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community. Zogby was born in the US of Palestinian parents, and is an important Palestinian voice that needs to be heard. Unfortunately, just when Palestinian voices need to be elevated, they are heard less and less frequently in our media, and here he speaks to that issue. Zogby's pertinent book is Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (St. Martin's Press, 2012). Here are a...
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, American Arab Institute, James Zogby, Mohamed Mohamed, Truth and Justice...
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This is the last of five consecutive shows covering the full-day conference "Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences," held on November 11, 2017 at the First Parish Church in Cambridge MA. (The same five shows were originally aired last fall, but in different order.) Long celebrated by Zionists and condemned by justice activists, the so-called Balfour Declaration, 100 years ago, is credited with setting in motion the creation of the state of Israel on Palestinian land ......
Topics: Sherif Fam, John Roberts, Trump, Michael Flynn, Ali Abunimah, Mueller, FBI, collusion, Balfour,...